Rugby cancer survivor battling forward five years later

James Golding
James Golding

A cancer survivor from Rugby is taking on a cycling challenge in an attempt to break a world record - five years after walking out of hospital having beat the disease.

James Golding, of Lower Hillmorton Road, will be taking part in a seven-day cycling world record attempt to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Mr Golding will start the ride on April 12 from either St Malo or Cabourg on the north east coast of France heading for Nice where he will turn around and ride back covering a similar route.

Mr Golding is hoping to break the current Guinness seven-day world record of 1,740 miles by riding in excess of 250 miles a day.

Mr Golding said: “April 12 is a special day for me as its the fifth anniversary of the day I walked out of hospital after being given only a five per cent chance of survival following my first cancer diagnosis in 2008 and learning how to walk again.

“On that day I still only weighted approximately eight stone instead of my usual 14 but managed to walk from the ward five days earlier than planned, before getting in a wheelchair on the other side of the door.”

During the last five years Mr Golding has ridden all over the world, was hit by a truck during a cycling challenge in America, had a baby boy Freddie with his wife Louise and has been part of raising more than £2 million for charity.

Mr Golding, who was diagnosed with cancer for a second time in 2011 but since been given the all clear, said: “Getting here has been one of the toughest challenges I think I’ve taken on.

“At times I feel like I’ve been pushed, pulled, punched, and kicked around, but this ride and the date are important to me so the time has come to stop preparing and to just make it happen, I’m tired of talking about what I want to do so by hook or by crook this is it.”

To sponsor Mr Golding visit and search for ‘James Golding’.